In the maritime business, the word phrase "port container" is used very often, logically. These people deal with them on a daily basis. However, when it comes to housing, well, let's just say that not everyone will think of connecting it the phrase used in the first sentence. The fact of the matter is that these shipping containers can be used to create a wonderful looking home. Now this might sound a bit out there, but here are some reasons why this is a very cool idea:
They are designed to be strong, firm and stable.
They can withstand severe weather conditions.
They have a system that controls the temperature as well as other weather conditions installed within (this is logical because sometimes port containers need to transport something fragile, like a rare flower, for instance).
All this makes them excellent for using such a construction for the basis of your home design. Keep in mind though that, if you want a big home, you will need more than one shipping container. From one, you can make an excellent beachside home, or any kind of vacation home. Some people used them to make their regular home bigger - the containers were used to create an extra room (usually people turn this room into a summer kitchen).
Now, all this might seem like some lame DIY project, but this is far from the truth. Actually, all this can look rather amazing and luxurious. Hell, if I were to tell you that there is a container home in the Hamptons, would you believe me? Well it is true. If you don't believe me, Google it and you will see for yourself.
Now ever since this form of housing was invented, architects have been discussing whether this is good or not, and up until now, everything has been pointing to the fact that there is nothing wrong with it. Actually, in this kind of architecture, you can strive to create something that is eco-friendly and luxurious at the same time - a very interesting combination, wouldn't you say?
A thing that is worth mentioning now is the fact that you won't be using the entire shipping container. In fact, most of the walls will have to go since, frankly speaking, an average shipping container is big enough for a bathroom, or a bar, or something like that.
You might be wondering how on earth you will be eco-friendly if you decide to use a shipping container in your home design. Well, you see, loads of these containers get dumped, and a pile of containers is a pretty big pile of waste, wouldn't you agree? But this is definitely not your regular waste that you cannot use for something else, but it is really the opposite. You can, and you should use these, since they will make an excellent contribution to your home. Like I said, with one regular container, you can "enchant" your home with a new summer kitchen, or a new terrace, but you should look for huge containers, since these can be used very creatively.
There are even companies that deal with designing cool, beautiful-looking shipping containers. With these, you don't have to do any work - all is done for you. You can even look to find some company that will have your container custom made, according to your specific needs. But be prepared to pay up, because this sort of commodity doesn't come cheap, as is the way with most beautiful commodities nowadays. It is also a great advatage that you can actually move your entire home when you decide to move, and yes even overseas.
So, if you are someone who is in the maritime business, or if you know someone who is in the maritime business, do check if there is something there that nobody is using, and try and see if you can obtain it. Maybe your new summer home is not that far away after all.
To sum up, investing in something like this can be great both for you and for your family. There is nothing better than having a summer home where you can go to when that time of the year comes. You should continue scanning the net and you are bound to find something that will suit all that you like and all that you need.